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Tyson Gay set for return from doping suspension

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American record holder Tyson Gay is entered in a 100m race on July 3 in Lausanne, Switzerland, his first race after his retroactive one-year doping ban ends June 23.

“Lausanne has always been one of my favorite meets, and I’m thrilled to have it be my opening meet of 2014,” Gay said in a press release. “I have run fast times here. I have been training for several months, and will be ready on July 3.”

Gay is scheduled to run against Justin Gatlin, one of his 2012 Olympic 4x100m relay teammates who may lose their medal after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Gay first began using prohibited substances before the London Olympics.

Gay revealed one of his failed drug tests last July 14, 10 days after he won last year’s Lausanne 100m in 9.79 seconds, and hasn’t raced since. USADA announced his suspension May 2, saying all of Gay’s results since July 15, 2012, have been disqualified.

Gay has stayed in the news without talking much since the ban announcement.

“There’s a lot for me to tell,” Gay said the next day, without going into detail.

He also reportedly offered to pay back some $500,000 in prize money and appearance fees to meets and was sued by former coach Jon Drummond, who said USADA is trying to ban him for life after being implicated by Gay.

Gay, 31, is the fastest American ever in the 100m, clocking 9.69 in 2009. Gatlin, 32, is tied with Maurice Greene as the second fastest U.S. man ever at 9.79. Gay and Gatlin went one-two in the 100m at last year’s U.S. Championships, 9.75 to 9.89.

Gatlin, the reigning Olympic 100m bronze medalist and world silver medalist, is undefeated this season (Usain Bolt is scheduled to race for the first time in 2014 on June 17). Gatlin said he believed running in the 9.6s was possible after he won the Pre Classic in a wind-aided 9.76 on Saturday.

Olympic 100m and 200m silver medalist Yohan Blake is slated to race 200m in Lausanne.

Galen Rupp breaks American record at Pre Classic

World record smashed at Paris Diamond League

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PARIS (AP) — Olympic champion Ruth Jebet broke the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase world record by six seconds at the Diamond League meeting in Paris on Saturday

Meanwhile, Kendra Harrison won the 100 hurdles without beating her own record.

The 19-year-old Jebet, born in Kenya and running for Bahrain, clocked 8 minutes, 52.78 seconds at Stade de France.

The previous record was 8:58.81 by Gulnara Samitova-Galkina of Russia at the 2008 Beijing Games.

“I tried many times to beat the world record,” Jebet said. “I was not expecting such a big difference with the record.”

Jebet’s performance was so dominant that she beat Diamond League rival Hyvin Kiyeng of Kenya by nearly 10 seconds, and Emma Coburn of the U.S. by almost 20.

Harrison won the 100 hurdles in 12.44 seconds, followed by American countrywoman Dawn Harper-Nelson (12.65).

“I felt all right even though I kicked a few hurdles, which made me a bit upset,” Harrison said. “The start wasn’t that great. Now I have a few days off, so I’m really looking forward to Zurich [on Thursday].”

Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers won the 200 in 22.13, and American Natasha Hastings won the 400 in 50.06.

Ben Youssef Meite of the Ivory Coast won the 100 in 9.96 seconds, followed by South African Akani Simbine and Dutchman Churandy Martina.

Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre, the Olympic bronze medalist in the 200 meters, pulled out after feeling a twinge when warming up.

“I didn’t feel well,” Lemaitre said. “There’s no point tempting the devil and getting injured.”

Kenyan Nicholas Bett won the men’s 400 hurdles, beating American Kerron Clement, while Kenyan Alfred Kipketer won the 800 meters.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Kenyan Yomif Kejelcha won the men’s 3,000 in 7:28.19, the fastest time this year.

Olympic silver medalist Renaud Lavillenie of France won the pole vault with an effort of 5.93 meters, Czech Jakub Vadlejch won the javelin, and American Chris Carter won the triple jump in 16.92 meters, with Cuban Alexis Copello second in 16.90.

Tom Walsh of New Zealand just beat Ryan Crouser of the U.S., the Olympic champion, by one centimeter in the shot put.

Britain’s Laura Muir set the leading time this year to win the 1,500 in 3:55.22.

“I couldn’t believe the time, especially since I didn’t do one track session since Rio,” Muir said. “I knew I had to dig in and hold on during the third lap.”

Serbian Ivana Spanovic won the long jump, Spaniard Ruth Beitia won the high jump, and Croatian Sandra Perkovic clinched the discus.

David Ortiz weighed down by Aly Raisman’s medals (video)

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David Ortiz called his good friend Aly Raisman on Thursday night. Raisman had one request for their scheduled meeting for Friday.

“I told him that he had to hold my medals while I threw out the first pitch,” Raisman said on NESN. “I told him he better not forget, but he remembered.”

Ortiz made it a highlight, wearing Raisman’s three Rio medals and plodding as if they were weighing him down before the Royals-Red Sox game at Fenway Park on Friday night.

It was reminiscent of Bryce Harper serving as a medal rack for Katie Ledecky on Wednesday night.

Ortiz and Raisman have come to know each other in the last four years, after Raisman’s first Olympic appearance in London. Raisman, a native of Needham, Massachusetts, has attended a gala and golf tournament benefitting Ortiz’s children’s charity.

She previously threw a first pitch at Fenway following the 2012 London Games. It didn’t faze Raisman that her pitch Friday bounced before reaching home plate.

“My pitch was horrible, but that’s OK,” Raisman said on NESN. “I’m good at gymnastics, so it doesn’t matter.”

Raisman will rejoin her Final Five teammates for a USA Gymnastics tour of 36 cities that begins Sept. 15. Whether she returns to competitive gymnastics is unknown.

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